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14 minutes ago, larry_s_taco said:

They could dump all of the up charge dining rooms, and make them all main dining rooms with fixed reservation times. That way there would be room for social distancing. The lines would be lessened since there would not be one or two dining rooms that everyone would be lined up for. They could eliminate some of the congregating by giving everyone buzzers to alert them when their table was ready. 


Celebrity sort of did this on their newest ships, Edge and Apex, there are four MDRs, each with a different theme, french, Italian, etc.  They all serve the same food but do have a few dishes that are exclusive to the theme of the restaurants. 

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4 hours ago, Paul Bogle said:

If ships are to sail profitably at significantly less than 100% capacity, fares will need to be significantly higher. 

With fewer people considering cruising, i'm not sure how this circle gets squared.

not necessarily, fuel costs are down, and they can reduce staff as well. 

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On 5/8/2020 at 8:21 AM, NutsAboutGolf said:

So far, NCL at the corporate level and at ship level has not shown they care about social distancing.  If they decide to allow practice social distancing, there are many "creative" things they can do:

1.  All dining venues offer take out, order from your smartphone/tv/stateroom phone, show up, get a to go bag; most will eat in their stateroom, anyone is welcome to eat anywhere

2.  Extend dining hours for all dining venues, open 30-60mins earlier and/or close later

3.  Better buffet, staff served, have a more attractive food selection and more live cooking stations

4.  Buffet has a MDR menu station, mirrors the MDR menu, no MDR-FOMO

5.  Better room service options for all passengers, expand the selection and quality, allow room service in the MDR menu, allow specialty dining delivery with a slight discount

6.  Offer a MDR forfeit discount, for example, a $100 OBC on a 7 day cruse, perhaps allow one or two visits yet all other visits will induce a charge

7.  Casino dining while playing, as an AP, I've been in casinos all over the world; most offer dining while playing, personally not my jam yet many seem to demand it

8.  Have complimentary roaming heated carts that serve pizza by the slice, a typical NCL slice of pizza costs them less than a quarter, fill the passengers up, they won't be as hungry and will order less in the MDR

9.  All MDR desserts are to go, speeds up service



She'll find one if she goes on a cruise without him!

I always cruise alone and have met many people that travel without their spouse or loved one due to work schedules, motion sickness, etc.  I love meeting new friends but will stick with my bf LOL

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